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This document is a journal of the tour of J H Manners through North and South Wales and was written around the year 1805 He was an English aristocrat who was the youngest son of the Duke of Rutland Many young men of his age and class would have gone touring in Europe at this time but due to the wars in France between 1793 and 1815 it made it more advisable to take a tour of Britain instead The journal was probably initially written as a personal diary of his travels and experiences which were then later turned into a book His writing of this particular visit gives the reader an insight into a world that few in a rural location could have imagined It would be an alien world to them conjuring images in their heads of voluminous smoke fiery furnaces and of thumping and hammering machinery that would be as familiar to them as an iron fire breathing dragon Manners writes in an educated manner showing through use of his words eg Vulcan a Roman word that he had been given an education in the classics Although his writing shows highborn learning his style and language are of a type that even the common person will understand His writing is peppered with strong words that jump out of the page at you such as dazzle hammering Vulcans grandeur and thundering He writes in this piece about his visit to Merthyr Tydfil and specifically his visit to the iron forges of which the town had three of at this time There is a feeling of darkness within the writing lit up with the burst of fire in places He speaks of grimly figures and gloomy visages of light and shadow of thundering noises We are given the feeling that we have been allowed to stare in safety at Dantes inferno to witness the pain the noise the dirt and smoke whilst
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